Sarah Ssali, is a Ugandan social scientist, researcher, academic and academic administrator, who is an Associate Professor and Dean of the School of Gender Studies at Makerere University, Uganda's oldest and largest public university.[1][2]


Sarah Ssali
Born1971 (age 50–51)
Alma materMakerere University
(Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences)
(Master of Arts in Gender Studies)
Queen Margaret University
(Doctor of Philosophy)
OccupationSocial Scientist, Academic and Academic Administrator
Years active1999–present
Known forGender research
TitleAssociate Professor and Dean of the School of Women and Gender Studies at Makerere University

Background and educationEdit

Ssali was born in the Buganda Region of Uganda. After attending local primary and secondary schools, she was admitted to Makerere University, in Uganda's capital, Kampala. She graduated in 1992, with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences.[1][3]

She went on to obtain a Master of Arts degree in Gender Studies at Makerere University in 1999. Later, she received a Doctor of Philosophy in International Health Studies from Queen Margaret University, in Edinburgh, Scotland.[1][3][4]


Ssali is an experienced social scientist with a long track record in the field stretching back to the late 1990s. Her areas of interest include HIV/AIDS, Gender, Reproductive Health, Health Systems, Public Policy and Politics. Much of Ssali's research focuses on hidden and non-heteronormative behaviors as well as minority groups.[5] Her research has focused on her native country Uganda, but often involves other African countries and distant continents, including Europe and North America.[1]


Professor Sarah Ssali is a married mother.[4]

Board and Committee MembershipEdit

  • World Bank's Systematic Country Diagnostic (SCD) Advisory Task Force (UG)
  • Mengo Hospital Research Review Committee
  • The National Bio-Safety Committee of the Uganda National Council of Science and Technology
  • International Association for Feminist Economics
  • Makerere University Council
  • Makerere University Appointments Board
  • Makerere University Quality Assurance Committee
  • Makerere University Students’ Welfare and Disciplinary Committee (Chair)
  • South Africa Sociological Association (SASA)
  • Uganda British Alumni Association (UBAA)[5]

On the Makerere University Council, Ssali represents the Academic Staff.[1] She is also a member of the ReBUILD Research Consortium, based at Queen Mary University in Edinburgh, Scotland.[4]

Professor Ssali is a member of the Advisory Board of "The Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Program", a collaborative effort among social scientists in research and academia in Africa and the United States.[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e Makerere University (17 August 2017). "Dr Sarah Ssali appointed Ag. Dean, School of Women and Gender Studies". Kampala: Makerere University. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  2. ^ Monitor Correspondent (2 March 2018). "Makerere holds gender identity week to empower rural women, girls". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  3. ^ a b Ssali, Sarah (18 October 2018). "Sarah Ssali, Dean & Associate Professor of Makerere University School of Women and Gender Studies". Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  4. ^ a b c Press Office (23 November 2015). "Interview with QMU graduate, Sarah Ssali, Senior Lecturer in Makerere University, Uganda". Edinburgh: Queen Mary University. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Dr. Ssali Sarah". School of Women and Gender Studies. 2 February 2018. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  6. ^ (18 October 2018). "The Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Program: Advisory Board". Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Organisation ( Retrieved 18 October 2018.

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